Saddle stitching leather is a cool craft that needs patience and skill. You’ll need some tools like needles, waxed thread, and two pieces of leather. First, place the leather pieces together, making sure they align perfectly. I use Barge’s Contact Cement to hold the pieces together.  The pieces will stay together throughout the entire stitching process.  There are other methods of holding the pieces together that can work nicely as well.

 

 

Then, grab a pointed tool, like an awl, to make evenly spaced holes along the edge. It’s important to keep the holes straight and consistent. 

I will typically use pricking irons to keep my holes evenly spaced.  Prior to pricking the holes, I use a stitch groover to create an inset in the pieces to be sewn.

Next, cut a length of waxed thread, about three times the length of the seam. Thread a needle on both ends of the thread. This way, you can stitch from both ends, meeting in the middle. 

 

 

Starting from one end, insert the needle through the first hole, leaving a tail at the back. Pull the thread until the tail is snug but not too tight. Then, move to the next hole, pushing the needle through both pieces of leather. Make sure to pull the thread evenly each time. Repeat this process, alternating needles until you reach the end. Keep the tension consistent to make the stitches look neat. 

 

 

When you reach the final hole, make sure to secure the stitch by looping the thread through a couple of times. To finish, tie a secure knot between the layers of leather. Trim any excess thread carefully to make it look clean. Practice makes perfect with saddle stitching. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect the first time—just keep at it, and soon you’ll master this craft!